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Smashing preconceptions – NZTrio tour 6-15 September

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Smashing preconceptions – NZTrio tour 6-15 September

NZTrio is considered a national musical treasure. Its members, Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello) and Sarah Watkins (piano), have been described as the rock stars of the NZ classical music scene. For more than ten years now, they have taken an adventurous approach to music, mixing musical cultures and genres in their playing and combining much loved classical compositions with brilliant contemporary music. In particular, they delight in commissioning and playing music by contemporary New Zealand and Asian Pacific composers.

Following a successful tour in 2009, Arts On Tour NZ is proud to tour NZTrio, a favourite with Chamber Music NZ audiences, to the smaller centres in New Zealand. For this tour, NZTrio have designed a high energy, toe-tapping, smile-inducing programme that features music by local favourite Gareth Farr, Melbourne-born Stuart Greenbaum, some evocative early Debussy, and concluding with the ragtime, blues inspired, cafe sounds of American Paul Schoenfield. See itinerary below.

NZTrio programme:
Claude Debussy (France): Piano Trio in G Major
Gareth Farr (NZ): Ahi
Stuart Greenbaum (Australia): 800 Million Heartbeats
Paul Schoenfield (USA): Cafe Music

For more information, contact:
Diana Moir, AOTNZ media publicist, 03 355 2691, 021 126 5738,
Steve Thomas, Arts On Tour NZ Trust,,

“…Their performances are always slick, intelligent and professional….delightfully and refreshingly lacking in pretentious ostentation.” – Marion Poole, NZ Listener and Otago Daily Times


Fri 6 Sep Coromandel 730pm
Coromandel Music Society, Anglican Hall, Tiki Rd
$20, member concessions $15 Book: Coromandel Information Centre

Sat 7 Sep Hastings 7.30pm
Hawke’s Bay Opera House $23 Book: Ticketek

Wed 11 Sep Westport 2.30pm
NBS Theatre
Adults $30, students/children $15 Book NBS Theatre or

Sat 14 Sep Oamaru 7.30pm [time corrected]
Opera House
Adults $48, seniors/students $35, groups 8+ @ $43 each
Book 0800 4 TICKET

Sun 15 Sep Ashburton Trust Event Centre 7.30pm
$25, $22.50 for 2 or 3, groups 4+ @ $20 each
Door sales all $25 Book Ashburton Trust Events Centre

About Arts On Tour New Zealand
Arts On Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable, bringing artists to audiences, rather than the other way round.

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